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Hi guys, I really need an answer because my roommate is freaking out!

My healthy roommate stubbed toe and tore the skin this afternoon. It's been 10 hours, and blood has steadily been seeping out of her wound. The bleeding isn't excessive, what worries her is that it just won't stop.

She has been having seemingly unrelated symptoms this summer that have been causing her to worry. A few time when she hasn't eaten enough she has felt lightheaded and shaky. This also happened once when she said she had had plenty to eat.

I'm wondering, does she have any cause for concern? I advised her to go to our college health center tomorrow but she would like some information/reassurance tonight.

Thanks!
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replied April 12th, 2011
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

The best way to stop bleeding from a cut or wound is to place adequate pressure for a considerable amount of time, until the bleeding stops.

She can use a cotton gauze piece to apply pressure on the wound.

In case the bleeding does not stop, and it is very profuse, then immediate medical attention might be needed for proper care and to check if there is no ruptured blood vessel.

I hope this helps.


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